What’s Up Friends!
This week I want to share a fun game that I designed to play as an icebreaker or get to know you game during the first few weeks of the school year.
You might be familiar with my previous game Exercise Bingo (Check it out HERE)
Adventure Bingo is the same concept, but I rebranded it after some advice from a fellow PE Teacher, Paul Rosengard (see below)
The thing is – Paul is right. I’ve been thinking about this concept a lot lately especially after watching this video. It’s got me pondering idea that as PE teachers maybe we should be focused more on Movement and less on Exercise.
Not that exercise is bad, and not that we shouldn’t teach kids to exercise… but I think we need to realize that most kids will probably not “workout” regularly for the rest of their lives.
We might have a better chance on selling students to be confident movers, adventurers and active livers…
As a PE Teacher, I’m always thinking about how I can get the most bang for my buck – what I mean is:
“Whats the most effective use of my time to impact the lives of my students in the greatest and most positive way?”
That’s one reason why I’m always testing, always experimenting and trying to find the magic sauce that really makes an activity connect with kids and helps them learn a new skill, discover a passion or gain some confidence to try something new.
So… long story long – I redesigned the game to be more about adventure and living active lifestyles (adventure is my theme this year after reading this post by Joey Feith).
Anytime a kid asks why we have P.E. or when I’m explaining the purpose of P.E. Class to a parent, I can always come back to…
“The reason we have P.E. Class is so we can help students develop the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to pursue whatever adventures they want for the rest of their lives”
I also wanted to make the game playable with my 1st and 2nd grade kiddos, so I took out all the words and replaced them with symbols of adventures and activities.
I’ve been playing it with my 1st – 5th grade kiddos and I gotta say – it’s been a hit!
Check out the video below if you want to see how I explain it:
If you want to try it out you can download the BINGO Cards for free below:
Have Fun and Teach On!